Remember when I talked about Omar Baitey? The action hero who explored the world and collected artifacts? Well, his last name is the last name of a Muslim friend I had back in highschool. (The friend in question was Mohammad Baitey.) My question is, I really do like the name Omar Baitey but...I'm worried about what my friend would think if I used his name. Is it okay if I just used it anyway, making sure I have Omar Baitey be completely different from my highschool friend? After all, I'm sure the name Baitey's pretty common. Same with the professor I have this semester for my Survey of American Lit class. His last name is Sugimori and I love it! What should I do if I wanted to create a Japanese character who's last name was Sugimori? Just go ahead and give that fellow his own characteristics that are not like my professor or should I pick another last name?